iPhone 5S rumors: release date, fingerprint sensor, multiple colors and others

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities gave new predictions regarding the next iPhone model.

This year in January the analyst came up with an Apple release roadmap for 2013, predicting that the company will upgrade the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac notebook in the third quarter.

However, on Thursday he announced that the iPhone 5S will likely hit the market in September, October or in November.

The causes for this delay, Kuo argues, would be the difficult process of integrating the fingerprint sensor, as well as the development of the next version of iOS.

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White also speculated that the upcoming iPhone 5S could come in three versions of screen sizes in order to expand the company’s market share.

However, he soon came back with a reevaluation of his estimates and announced that the screen size will be the same as the one on the iPhone 5.

He also wrote that the positioning of the left side volume and mute buttons will be different, and that fingerprint technology will be integrated in the iPhone 5S.

Speaking of various models, Japanese site Macotakara issued a report announcing that the next iPhone could be made available in three additional colors besides black and white.

The report doesn’t mention the colors in question but they may not differ much from the fifth-generation iPod Touch which comes in yellow, pink, blue, silver and black.

The report adds that the new iPhone will likely be launched in July, with the first deliveries arriving in August.

A summer launch is also predicted by Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets.

Following an industry trade show in China, the analyst claims that Apple’s suppliers and vendors expect a low-cost iPhone to be released in June alongside the iPhone 5S.

He also added that there is a “strong consensus” among suppliers that the device will feature several exterior changes such as a larger camera and repositioned buttons on the left side.

Also in the category of new features is a report about the integration of a new chip that could make the iPhone 5S graphics performance super-fast.

Photos of what is claimed to be a pair of parts for the upcoming low-cost iPhone were published by Japanese site Macotakara which obtained the shot from iLab Factory, a Japanese parts vendor that usually works directly with Apple supply chains.

The site argues that these components may belong to the iPhone 5S but also to the rumored low-cost iPhone.